The Hard Facts of Heart DiseasePosted: Updated:
The Hard Facts About Heart Disease
- Heart disease is the #1 cause of death in the United States.
- Over half of all heart attacks are the first symptoms that an individual experiences.
- 67% of heart attack victims do not make a full recovery.
- 20% of heart attack victims will have heart failure within 6 years.
- 43% of women and 24% of men who have heart attacks die within one year.
- Heart disease is more prevalent in African Americans. African Americans have a 29% higher death rate as a result of heart disease than Caucasians.
- 257,000 women die each year from heart attacks, which are six times as many deaths as breast cancer. -Another 31,837 women die each year of congestive heart failure, representing 62.2% of all heart failure deaths.
- Women are twice as likely as men to die within the first few weeks after suffering a heart attack.
- Women with hypertension experience a risk of developing coronary heart disease 3.5 times that of females with normal blood pressure. High blood pressure is more common in women taking oral contraceptives, especially in obese women.
- Almost half of men who have a heart attack under the age of 65 die within 8 years.
- Between 70% and 89% of sudden cardiac events occur in men.
- Results from the Framingham Heart Study suggest men have a 49% lifetime risk of developing coronary heart disease after the age of 40.
- Studies show that a 10% decrease in total cholesterol levels may reduce the development of coronary heart disease by almost 30%.
- 70%-90% of heart disease can be prevented through lifestyle changes.